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Case File 925DFFL


Carolyn Denise Brown
Missing since July 16, 1985 from Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, Florida.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Carolyn was married to James Michael Brown in 1985. They had three children together; Sheketa, Barry and Brandon.
Carolyn and the children disappeared on July 16, 1985. James was initially missing with his family, but he resurfaced in the Port St. Lucie area several weeks afterward. James told authorities that he shot Carolyn while she slept inside their home during the night of their disappearances. James said that Brandon was sleeping beside his mother; he claimed that he smothered the child with a pillow, then buried both of their bodies in Belle Glade, Florida. James told investigators that he drove Sheketa and Barry to Georgia along Interstate 95 on July 17, three days after Carolyn and Brandon were murdered. James said he shot Barry in the head and his daughter in the face, then disposed of their remains along the highway.
A jury acquitted James in Carolyn and Sheketa's deaths in late 1985. He was never charged with Brandon and Barry's homicides, as authorities were not certain of the location of the presumed murders. Extensive searches of the areas produced no evidence as to the family's whereabouts.
A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed him as a paranoid schizophrenic. James was committed to a Florida mental health facility after the court's decision in 1985. He was moved to a halfway house in 1996 and released from the program in 1997. James has been under investigation since his release for psychotic episodes. Carolyn, Sheketa, Brandon and Barry have never been located.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Port St. Lucie Police Department

Florida Department Of Law Enforcement

Agency Case Number: 8508339

NCMEC #: NCMC600459

NCIC Number: M-164975477
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Florida Department Of Law Enforcement
The Palm Beach Post
The Miami Herald

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